Definition of “rifle” - English Dictionary

“rifle” in British English

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riflenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈraɪ.fəl/ us /ˈraɪ.fəl/

a type of gun with a long barrel (= part shaped like a tube), fired from the shoulder and designed to be accurate at long distances

rifleverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈraɪ.fəl/ us /ˈraɪ.fəl/

to search quickly through something, often in order to steal something:

The safe had been rifled and the diamonds were gone.
He rifled through the papers on the desk, but couldn't find the photographs.

(Definition of “rifle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“rifle” in American English

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riflenoun [ C ]

us /ˈrɑɪ·fəl/

rifle noun [ C ] (GUN)

a type of gun with a long barrel (= cylindrical part) which is fired from the shoulder

rifleverb

us /ˈrɑɪ·fəl/

rifle verb (SEARCH)

[ I/T ] to search quickly through something, esp. in order to steal something:

[ I ] He rifled through the safe, but the diamonds were gone.

rifle verb (HIT OR THROW)

[ T ] to hit or throw a ball very hard:

By the game’s end, he had rifled two balls out of the ball field.

(Definition of “rifle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)